USA to Bermuda – day 2
Our position at 10.00 (14.00 GMT) Saturday 12th May
We have 710 miles to go to the anchorage in Bermuda and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 143 miles.
We had a mixed day yesterday. We sailed until 3pm before the wind dropped then motored for the afternoon. The wind came back at sunset so we sailed all night but it disappeared at 6am this morning so the sails are down and we’re motoring again. The sea is calm but the swell is causing an irritating roll so everything is put away or sitting on non slip mats. Putting the sail up would dampen the roll but would add slating sails to other irritations. Luckily the current in the gulf stream is giving us an extra 2 knots of boat speed or we would be going very slowly.
Last night we had an unwelcome visitor on board, a huge booby bird decided to roost right next to the tricolour meaning no one would have been able to see us. Bill put the lower nav lights on instead which isn’t ideal because we can’t be seen from so far away. This morning the deck was covered in bird c**p, it was a big bird twice the size of a pigeon so there’s a lot of it; he’s got to go!!! Bill and I were out there as soon as the sails were down clapping, flapping ropes and banging the rigging until eventually he flew off. Wish I still had the Supersoaker but I gave it away to an island kiddie.
At this stage of the journey any little milestone is celebrated. Port Solent in the UK, where we are eventually heading for, is 50 degrees 50N latitude (they are the rings that go up the globe and our distance from the equator) Fort Pierce was at 27 degrees N. Today we are 31 degrees N so I don’t mind the northing we are doing at the moment. The longitude (meridians lines across the globe) for Port Solent is 001 degrees West and Fort Pierce was 080W, we are now at 077W. I’m looking at these like ‘steps’ towards the UK. Bermuda is at 064W so we are taking a couple of ‘steps’ a day on this passage.
The strangest thing at the moment is the heat, it’s baking. I was expecting it to turn cold at sea especially as we are traveling north east but the waters in the Gulf Stream that we are using to take us north are 29C. So it’s like the boat is sitting in a hot bath, add that to the engine going on and off and you have the reason clothes are optional at the moment. Haha!
I have sent our position to marine traffic this morning which seems to be working.
Thanks to my sister who is posting these twitterings on Facebook.
All’s well on board.